OLLI E-News #43-09 of November 13, 2009
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CONTENTS FOR FRI, NOV 13, 2009 Click to read about OLLI E-News
> WANTED: VISIONARY VOLUNTEERS. From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> OLLI BOARD TO MAKE BUDGET/DUES DECISIONS NOV 20. About the OLLI budget process and the upcoming dues decision. By Thom Clement
> TOWN HALL MEETING ON NOV 6. The forum included discussion about a proposed dues increase. By Rod Zumbro

> SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP MEETING. Tue, Nov 17: Planning future courses.

> PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEETING. Thu, Nov 19: "Attracting the Eye." By Dan Feighery
Sat, Nov 21: "Internet Shopping" and "Buying on eBay."
By Paul Howard
> TFA STAGED READING WITH OLLI MEMBERS. Sat, Nov 21: The Rivers and Ravines. By Kevin Murray
> PHOTO OF THE MONTH. Selected by the OLLI Photography Club.
Politics and Society in Southeast Asia by Peter Poole.
> MASON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming Mason performances. By Jan Bohall
> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Non-class events at OLLI for the next two weeks.
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From the executive director
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
I  AM LOOKING FOR A FEW OLLI MEMBERS who share a strong belief in the mission of OLLI and would like to work with one of the groups that emerged from the actions of the Board at its recent planning retreat. During discussions at the Pathways to the Future "Advance" on October 23, the Board agreed that we should form the following working groups:
  • Task Force on Programs – To focus on increasing involvement of members in the development and presentation of outstanding courses; to further refine the oversight of program development; and to explore available options for presentation of courses at multiple locations.
  • Task Force on Organization – To focus on analyzing the current structure of the Board of Directors, committees, and resource groups in order to determine any changes which would better meet current and future needs of OLLI.
  • Facilities Committee – To focus on space needs for classes, socialization, and parking. The committee will divide its tasks based on needs at each of the three locations – Fairfax, Reston, and Loudoun.
     As I see it, the two task forces will organize and meet beginning in January/February of 2010, and recommendations by both groups will be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval and further action by May or June. The Facilities Committee will become a standing committee that will meet as necessary to make recommendations to the Board. The first responsibility of the Facilities Committee will be to analyze our current usage and come up with a plan for short-term improvements at Tallwood.
     As executive director, I look forward to working with dedicated volunteers in each of the newly formed groups. Please email me and let me know if you are interested in serving on one of these groups.

About the OLLI budget process and the upcoming dues decision

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES of the OLLI Board of Directors is to approve the annual budget. The budget is a plan for matching expected income with the necessary expenditures. In developing a budget plan, the executive director works with committee chairs and the Finance Committee to analyze variables related to resources, materials, staff support, and operational costs. A preliminary proposal is submitted to the Board each year during the July/August/September time frame. Through continued discussion, including the annual Town Hall Meeting, budget estimates are refined.
     When the proposed budget was discussed by the Board in September, it appeared that we would need some increase in the annual membership dues to meet growing needs and to offset the dramatic decrease in the annual payout from the Osher Endowment. Since that time, we have gathered more accurate numbers about membership growth, which translates into higher than expected income. There has been additional discussion of the concepts of short-range annual budget planning and long-range planning for up to five years.
     As you know, the Osher Foundation has also announced a generous one-time gift of $25,000 to each of the 120 OLLIs around the country. We do not yet know when we will receive that gift or if there are any restrictions on its use. Previous grants from the Osher Foundation have gone for a variety of improvements to OLLI facilities, equipment, and staffing.
     At its monthly meeting at 9:30 (note time) on Friday, November 20, the OLLI Board of Directors will discuss these new developments and make its final decisions. There are several options being considered, including some that would maintain the current level of membership dues for full members with no increase during 2010. Board members have heard a wide range of views and perspectives expressed by OLLI members at the Town Hall Meeting on November 6 and subsequently. They will carefully weigh these perspectives and options as part of this important responsibility.
     As always, members are invited to attend the monthly meetings of the Board of Directors.

By Thom Clement, Executive Director TOWN HALL MEETING ON NOV 6
The forum included discussion about a proposed dues increase
By Rod Zumbro, Board member

Scenes from last Friday's Town Hall Meeting; collage by the writer of photos by Dan Feighery.
Click here to view a 25-second slideshow of Dan Feighery's Town Hall Meeting photos.

LAST FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, interested OLLI members filled most of TA-1 for OLLI's fifth annual Town Hall Meeting. Following brief opening remarks by President Emmett Fenlon, Executive Director Thom Clement delivered a presentation covering membership, the Board retreat, the proposed 2010 budget and the class schedule change. Treasurer Dave Mason spoke about the long-range budget and dues.
     Much of the ensuing discussion centered on the proposed increase of full-membership dues to $365 per year as a result of a projected funding shortfall of $6,900 in 2010, as shown on the below chart from the presentation. It was noted that the chart's Total Funding amount for 2010 does not include the recently announced $25,000 Osher gift as expected income (for reasons cited by Thom in his article immediately above) and that a 2009 surplus of $20,408 is projected.
     Some members thought that they could accommodate a $15/year dues increase because the weekly or monthly increase would be small. Other members pointed out that a dues increase is not necessary because funding is available from sources like the Osher gift or the 2009 surplus. One member stated that he and his wife would not renew their memberships if dues are increased. (You can view the [pdf] presentation online by clicking here; if you have questions or comments about the presentation, please contact the executive director).
     The final 2010 budget will be presented to the Board of Directors next Friday, November 20. After discussion, the Board will vote to approve the budget as presented or with modification.
     If you wish to express your views about dues, feel free to do so before Friday. You may contact the office (your comments will be forwarded to all members of the Board), or you may contact any director individually (see this list). You are welcome to attend Friday's Board meeting at 9:30 in TA-1.
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Tue, Nov 17: Planning future courses
THE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH RESOURCE GROUP will meet at 10:00 on Tuesday, November 17, at Tallwood. This meeting will focus on planning for future science, technology and health courses. We welcome the participation of interested OLLI members -- all those who would like to teach a single class or a course, who have suggestions for courses, or who would like to see how a resource group functions. Please contact Resource Group Chair Jayne Hart with your suggestions or any questions.
Thu, Nov 19: "Attracting the Eye"

THE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEETING THIS MONTH will be on Thursday, November 19, at 9:30 in TA-1. We have a great speaker lined up: Joshua Taylor, Jr. (photo at right). Josh's program, "Attracting the Eye," is designed to motivate photographers to look at familiar subjects in fresh ways and to utilize design elements to transform everyday subjects into exciting and striking images. The emphasis is on software enhancements, in-camera manipulations, and compositional elements to build strong photographic images. A wide range of photographic subjects will be covered, including landscape, architecture, close-up/macro, and garden photography.
     Josh brings to his programs and assignments a background of over 30 years' experience in photography, including newspaper and magazine photography, teaching, and workshops. You can learn more about Josh and see some of his work at http://www.archiphotoworkshops.com.
     All OLLI members are welcome to attend meetings of the Photography Club.

Contributed by Photography Club Coordinator Dan Feighery.
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Sat, Nov 21: "Internet Shopping" and "Buying on eBay"
By Paul Howard, OLLI Computer Club Coordinator
THE NOVEMBER MEETING of the OLLI Computer Club (officially, the OLLI Personal Computer User Group) will be held jointly with the Washington Area Computer User Group on Saturday, November 21, from 12:30 – 3:30 in TA-1. We'll have two main presentations plus a "Learn 30" session as described below.
     Internet Shopping -- Tools and Skills, by Geof Goodrum. With "Black Friday" and the holiday shopping season coming soon, now is a great time to sharpen your online shopping skills. Start by comparing prices, finding professional and owner reviews and ratings, and locating the nearest and best-rated stores for gifts. Also learn about online wish lists to help others find just the right item for you.
     Buying on eBay -- Your Alternative Thrift Store, by Tallwood Site Assistant Bill Walsh. eBay is now a center for many types of auction and non-auction transactions for both used and factory-new products. This presentation about buying on eBay will include basic information about creating an account, searching for items, and bidding, as well as tips on what you need to look for to make the transaction a success.
     "Learn 30" -- Be safer on the 'Net with a User Account Instead of an Admin Account, by Neal Grotenstein. Most people just use an Admin account for their computers, permitting all Windows capabilities to be used ... including software installs. A User account, since it will not allow unlimited software installation, is a reasonable way to prevent undesirable software from being installed. The discussion will cover what this approach offers and does not offer.

Sat, Nov 21: The Rivers and Ravines
By Kevin Murray, TFA Managing Director
THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT, Mason's professional theater company, presents a staged reading of The Rivers and Ravines, written and directed by Heather McDonald, at theSPACE in Old Town Fairfax on Saturday, November 21, at 8:00. The wonderful cast of 25 includes OLLI members Gordon Canyock, Roxanne Cramer, Charles Duggan, Paulette Lichtman-Panzer, Jane McCulloch, Thelma Weiner and Susanne Zumbro.
     Set during the farm crisis of the early 1980s, the play celebrates the hope and spirituality of a community facing economic hardship. The evening will include a pre-show reception with a cash bar starting at 7:00 and a brief discussion with Heather McDonald after the reading. TFA will also collect canned goods at the door for Food for Others of Fairfax. Tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door and available at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall box office.
     theSPACE is located at 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the Old Town Plaza retail complex. Free parking is available in the underground garage, accessible from either Chain Bridge Road or University Drive. Pedestrian entrance is on North Street, next to the fountain.
Selected by the OLLI Photography Club

"Rockscape" by Don Allen.
TO VIEW THE ABOVE PHOTO in its original size and other sizes, see this Web page. To see other photos by members of the OLLI Photography Club, visit the club's Web site.

Politics and Society in Southeast Asia by Peter Poole
ONE OF OUR MEMBERS, PETER POOLE, IS THE AUTHOR of a new book entitled Politics and Society in Southeast Asia, available from the publisher, Amazon and other sources.
     The Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998 caused severe hardship in Southeast Asia, and many countries tightened their regulation of banks and other financial institutions, adopted more conservative fiscal policies, and made themselves less vulnerable to Western market fluctuations by forming closer trade and investment ties with their neighbors. This book analyzes the major political and economic reforms that resulted from the Asian financial crisis, looking particularly at how such reforms helped to prepare Asian countries for coping with the 2009 global recession. Peter hopes to offer an OLLI course on this subject in the spring.
     As a foreign service officer, he served in Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines, and he has taught at Old Dominion University and the Naval War College. Peter is the co-editor of OLLI's literary journal, Fairfax Ink.

Order sweatshirts, shirts, caps and tote bags with the OLLI/Mason logo at any time directly from the vendor for delivery to your home. Use this Web site; click on "OLLI-GMU Store" to see the pictures, then click on each item to see more details. Note: the pictures do not show our logo but it will be embroidered on the items that you order.
How to contact OLLI
HERE IS A READY REFERENCE on how to contact OLLI. For email addresses and phone numbers not listed below, please consult the online Membership Directory (log in to Member Portal).
  • President: Emmett Fenlon
  • Executive Director: Thom Clement, phone 703-503-7866
  • OLLI Office, phone 703-503-3384
  • Tallwood Administrator/OLLI Registrar: Maria Buczek, phone 703-503-3384
  • Board members: See Organization page (Note: To send an email to the entire Board, send it to the office or the OLLI E-News editor, and your message will be forwarded to all members of the Board)
  • Committee chairs, resource-group chairs: See Organization page
  • Suggestions: Online suggestion box
  • Letters to the editor or letters to Ms. Ollie Ettakit (etiquette matters): OLLI E-News Editor Rod Zumbro, phone 703-569-2750
Upcoming Mason performances, Nov 13-22

By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 (phone orders are handled by tickets.com) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00. More info on tickets at the CFA tickets page.

Mason Dance Company
Fall Concert
Fri–Sat, Nov 13–14, 8:00
Fri, Nov 13, 2:00
     The concert will feature a premiere by visiting guest artist Christopher d'Amboise.
Admission: $10 seniors/students, $15 other adults, $7 groups of 10 or more
Harris Theater
Jazz 4 Justice
Featuring the GMU Jazz Ensemble and Combos
Jim Carroll, director
Fri, Nov 13, 8:00
     This annual concert is a benefit for pro bono work and community outreach for youth and for the music scholarship fund at George Mason’s School of Music. It will feature George Weiner as special guest conductor and Geoffrey Gallante, a nine-year-old trumpet star. Come hear music of Maria Schneider, Alan Baylock, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and other jazz greats.
Admission: $15 seniors/students, $20 other adults
Concert Hall
A cash bar will open at 7:15. Jam sessions will follow the concert in the Main Lobby. Bring your instrument; musicians of all levels are welcome.
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Long Yu, conductor
Di Wu, piano
Sat, Nov 14, 8:00
     Formed in 1879 and now known as "the best in the Far East," the orchestra performs works of China's composers as well as music of the Western world. Their program will include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Di Wu, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture and China Air Suite by Bao Yuankai.
Admission: $50, $42, $25
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
American Youth Philharmonic
Featuring Matthew Sidney Hazelwood, guest conductor
and Victoria Bass, cello

Sun, Nov 15, 1:00
     The American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) provides competitive world-class training and performance opportunities for young musicians, age 7-21. It is the Youth Orchestra in Residence at George Mason’s Center for the Arts.
Admission: $10 seniors/students, $14 other adults
Concert Hall
GMU Various Chamber Ensembles
Sun, Nov 15, 2:00
     This performance was originally scheduled for both Nov 15 and 22. It has been blended into one program, and the concert on Nov 22 is canceled.
Admission: Free, no ticket required
Harris Theater

GMU Vocal Jazz Concert
Stan Engebretson, conductor
Julie Neish, asst. conductor
Sun, Nov 15, 7:00
     Two vocal groups will perform, Soundcheque and the Timesquare Singers, with several soloists. Soundcheque’s offerings will include "Acapella in Acapulco" by The Real Group, "Autumn Leaves" arr. by Darren Motton and "Signed, Sealed and Delivered, I’m Yours" by Stevie Wonder, arr. by Engebretson. Timesquare Singers will do "Boy with Dreams" by Terry Barr, "I’ve Gotta Run" by Ann Marie White and "In Short" by Luke Walker.
Admission: Free, no ticket required
Harris Theater
Keyboard Conversations®
With Jeffrey Siegel

Chopin the Patriot

Sun, Nov 15, 7:00
     Mr. Siegel continues his year-long celebration of Chopin with three polonaises that honor Chopin’s homeland of Poland and the heroism of its people: the tender G Minor, the brooding C Minor and the heroic A-Flat, plus several buoyant and poignant mazurkas.
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family Friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half-price with an adult. (Note change from "age 12 and under" last season.)
Concert Hall
Studio Series #2
The Exonerated
Written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Directed by Kate Welsh
Thu, Fri, Sat, Nov 19, 20, 21, 8:00
Sat, Sun, Nov 21, 22, 2:00
     The play dramatizes the stories of five men and one woman wrongfully convicted of murder, but later released after years of imprisonment where they were subjected to brutality and degradation. The film version starred Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover and Brian Dennehy. Note: This play is intended for mature audiences.
Admission: $3 Seniors, students, $6 other adults
Black Box Theater (Lower level of Performing Arts Bldg, next to TheaterSpace. From Level 2 of Parking Deck take the bridge. Enter first door on left and follow hallway; go through gray doors and down stairs.)
GMU Workshop Jazz Band Concert
Thu, Nov 19, 8:00
Admission: Free, no ticket required
Harris Theater

Aquila Theatre Company
As You Like It
Fri, Nov 20, 8:00
     Set in a period of revolution in France, Shakespeare's classic comedy tells the story of power hungry men exiling their brothers, girls portraying guys and love found in unexpected places. The production is faithful to Shakespeare, yet perfectly accessible to modern audiences.
Admission: $34, $26, $17
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor
Chu-Fang Huang, piano
Sat, Nov 21, 8:00
     The orchestra will perform Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat, Suites 1 and 2; Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue; Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G; and Ginastera's Estancia.
Admission: $55, $45, $35, $25
Concert Hall
Come at 7:00 for a free, pre-concert lecture on Grand Tier III.

ArtsBeijing 2009 Performance
Featuring Beijing Dance Drama Opera
and China National Acrobatic Troupe
Sun, Nov 22, 7:00
     This presentation represents contemporary and classical Chinese performance arts. It is cosponsored by the Confucius Institute at Mason, the Washington-Beijing Cultural Exchange Association, the Mu Ping Dance Performance Art Troupe, the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and the Association of Chinese American Professors at Mason.
Admission: $65, $45, $25
Concert Hall

Other Mason events
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
  • Understanding Islam Lecture Series: Life After Death. Fourth in a five-week lecture series promoting peace, diversity, and understanding about the teachings of Islam. Sat, Nov. 14, 4:30 to 6:30, Science & Tech II, Room 7. Free.
  • Astronomy Observing Session. Check the stars during the clear nights of fall. The observing session will be canceled if the sky is more than half overcast one hour before the session is scheduled to begin. Tue, Nov 17, about 6:00. Research I, Observatory. Free.
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month: Maze of Injustice - Indigenous Women's Rights. Features speakers Gabrielle Tayac of the Smithsonian American Indian Museum, and Dave Nicholas, former tribal law enforcement officer. Sponsored by Amnesty International. Tue, Nov 17, 7:00. Johnson Center, Room G. Free.
  • Johnson & Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series: Knox Singleton. Knox Singleton, president and CEO of Inova Health System, will address the state of our nation’s healthcare system and the proposed government reform plan. Tue, Nov 17, 7:00 to 8:30. Johnson Center, Cinema. Tickets required; reserve your ticket online.
  • Getting to Happy: 7 Steps to a More Contented Life. Wed, Nov 18, 12:00 to 1:00. SUB II, Room 7. Register online at the HR Training website. Free.
  • American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month: Trail of Tears Intertribal Dance Troupe. Enjoy Native American dancing, and bring a toy, backpack, or school supplies to help support Lakota children of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Thu, Nov 19, 1:00 to 2:30. Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall.

Non-class events at OLLI for the next two weeks

THE FOLLOWING LIST covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with direct Web links added when available. See Upcoming Non-Class Events to view the real-time OLLI online calendar used by the office. Note: Board, committee, resource-group and 'membership-type' meetings/events below are highlighted in bold. OLLI members are welcome at all Board, committee and resource-group meetings (except during executive sessions).

Fri Nov 13         Fall Term Ends
Special Event - F967, Abraham Lincoln’s Washington City - Bus Trip
     9am     Recorder Lessons - TA-3
     10am     Travel Club - TA-1
     10am     Drama Club - TA-3
     10am     Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:30am     Special Event - L973, Tour Geography and Map Divisions - Library of Congress
     11am     Homer Group - Social Room Annex
Tue Nov 17       10am     Science, Technology & Health Resource Group Meeting - Annex
         10:30am     Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Nov 18         10am     Bridge Club - TA-3
     12pm     Planning Committee Meeting - Annex
Thu Nov 19         9:30am     Photography Club - TA-1
Fri Nov 20         9:30am    
Board of Directors Meeting - TA-1
     10am     Drama Club - TA-3
     10am     Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11am     Homer Group - Social Room Annex
Sat Nov 21         12:30pm     OLLI Personal Computer User Group - TA-1
Mon Nov 23 - Fri Nov 27        OLLI Office and Tallwood Closed
Tue Nov 24       10:30am     Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop

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John West
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